FI0131 – Cash Shortages and Property Losses

Effective: October 1, 2014
Revision No: 1
Topics:
General Policies Forms
Procedures Contacts
Objective:

To provide reporting requirements for cash shortages and losses of equipment or other university property when employee involvement is not suspected.

Policy:

General Policies[top]

  1. This university is required to report any cash shortages or unauthorized removal of property to the state comptroller's office. If employee involvement is known or suspected, the reporting procedures in POLICY FI0130 should be followed. The policies and procedures below apply to cash shortages and losses of equipment or other university property in which employee involvement is not suspected. (See REPORTING PROCEDURES for losses of university resources.)
  2. Cash or property losses resulting from robbery or apparent burglary should be reported immediately to the campus/institute police department. If the campus or institute has no police department, the local police department and campus/institute business office should be notified.

  3. Cash Shortages

  4. Departments must report cash shortages of $250 or more within 3 business days to the Office of Audit and Compliance and the campus/institute business office. Shortages less than $250 do not have to be reported. 
    1. Petty Cash Shortages: All petty cash shortages must be replenished from a departmental cost center. The request to replenish the fund should fully document the circumstances surrounding the shortage. To replenish funds, departments should prepare a T-4. The T-4 must be approved by the CBO or designee for amounts of $250 or more.
    2. Shortages in Cash Collections: All shortages in payments received for goods and/or services should be documented with the deposit and reviewed by a supervisor. Departments should have written procedures for shortages in cash collections.
  5. Property Losses

  6. To ensure prompt inspection of any damage and facilitate the settlement of an insurance claim, all property losses must be reported within 30 days of the date a loss is first suspected to the appropriate budget entity business office or financial officer, who in turn will forward a report to the Office of the Treasurer. Claims for property losses will be processed in accordance with POLICY FI0135.

  7. All missing items should be reported on an EQUIPMENT INVENTORY CHANGE/DELETION REQUEST (Form T-64).  If the items are missing because of theft, robbery, or apparent burglary, a copy of the police report should be attached to the form T-64 (Also see POLICY FI0605) If missing equipment or other university property is listed on the university's equipment inventory system, and the department has not been able to locate the items after an exhaustive search, the department should prepare a T-64 including a written explanation describing the circumstances of the disappearance. The form should be sent to the campus/institute chief business officer or designee and then forwarded to the Equipment Records section of the Controller's Office. Based on the circumstances reported by the department, the CBO may require the loss to be reported to the police.

  8. Items discovered missing during the annual inventory verification, should be reported on a T-64 and reported to the chief business officer or designee.

  9. The campus/institute chief business officer (or designee) must report all losses (except those with possible employee involvement) on the SUMMARY OF THEFT, MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE, BURGLARY, OR VANDALISM OF UNIVERSITY FUNDS AND PROPERTY (FORM T-65) which is sent monthly to the Office of Audit and Compliance and the Treasurer's Office.

  10. Each month the Office of Audit and Compliance sends the SUMMARY OF THEFT, MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE, BURGLARY, OR VANDALISM OF UNIVERSITY FUNDS AND PROPERTY (FORM T-65) to the director of State Audit, the Equipment Records section of the Controller's Office, and the Risk Management section of the Treasurer's Office.


PROCEDURES[top]
Knoxville:  http://budget.utk.edu/fiscal-policy/
Health Science Center:  http://www.uthsc.edu/policies/w932_document_list.php?app=FSC
Institute of Agriculture:  https://ag.tennessee.edu/Pages/UTIApolicies.aspx
Martin:  http://www.utm.edu/departments/finadmin/procedures.php
Chattanooga: http://www.utc.edu/business-financial-affairs/fiscalpolicies.php

FORMS[top]

FOR MORE INFORMATION[top]

Sandy Jansen (865) 974-6611  sjansen@utk.edu

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